At the recent SEMA Show, our friends at GearWrench were showing off a new Gimbal Ratchet.Â This is a step up from the typical thumb drive ratchets.Â In tights spots the two plane gimbal allows for the ratchet to fit securely on the fastener and then pivot or lean the ratchet to get the most secure grip on the tool and then spin on or off the fastener.Â Think of a gyroscope and you’ll get the idea
This ratchet is great for tight spots and shows someone was thinking at GearWrench.Â The tool comes in either the 1/4″ or 3/8″ drive and would be great for low torque, tight situations.Â It fits great in the hand and is sturdy, but still lightweight.
Pricing and Availability
This ratchet will be coming out in the beginning of 2014 and I figure it’ll price out at around $20.Â Their website even suggests earlier delivery if you need a hint for the holidays!Â Tell us what you think and if it made your wish list.
One of the joys of attending the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturerâ€™s Association) show is seeing the vendors.Â Nothing beats a chance to see in-person new products and hear from the company representatives directly what is â€œnew and improvedâ€.Â Thatâ€™s why we prowl not only the million square feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the SEMA show but attend the simultaneous and just as huge AAPEX (Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo) show at the Sands Convention Center and thatâ€™s where we found this great detailing brush.
This ATLASTA SoftTip detailing brush at first blush, might seem too bulky or stiff for fine detail work on a car, but nothing could be farther from the truth.Â This brush feels like a natural extension of your hand and the TRIALOY filament bristles are like silk.
This â€œMade in the USAâ€ brush comes from a great pedigree of brushes, as it is part of the Paint Brush Corporation.Â Donâ€™t recognize that name?Â Not surprising, but if you ever have held a parts cleaning brush over a vat of carbon cleaning chemicals, odds are that brush was made by the Parts Brush Division of the Paint Brush Corporation.Â And the owner of this company wanted a quality detailing brush.Â So he used his years of expertise and product knowledge to design the ATLASTA SoftTip brush.
Brush in action
This brush is hands down the best detailing brush we have ever used and trust us weâ€™ve used tons of brushes over the years.Â The ergonomic detailing brush measures just under ten inches and weighs a lightweight 4.3 ounces.Â We havenâ€™t found a spot on any of our cars that this brush canâ€™t reach and it removes any debris or dust without any risk of scratches or swirls.Â For more details on this detailing brush,Â click here.
Their motto sums it up -Â â€œonly one gradeâ€¦ the very best.â€
Admit it.Â We’ve all done it.Â At least once!Â We all have needed some extra leverage to loosen a stubborn bolt and slipped a pipe over a wrench handle to gain some extra torque.
Ratchets from GearWrench
Well GearWrench figured that out and have come out with a new line of Long Handle Ratchets.Â These babies are over 25 percent longer than standard ratchets offering increased reach and greater leverage.Â In fact one of the 1/2″ drives is a full nineteen inches in length.Â That should do the trick and loosen the most recalcitrant bolt.Â Â Â It has a low profile head and a flush-mount.
This set of wrenches has the 84 tooth gear and so only needs 4.3 degrees of arc for easy maneuverability in tight spaces.Â Some even have a nice padded handle to make it easy on your hands too.
Sizes for GearWrench Ratchets
The 84-Tooth Long Handle Ratchets are available in either full-polish or cushion grip in the following drive sizes: 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch.Â Check out your favorite tool shack to check these out or look at www.gearwrench.com
Padded handle long handled ratchet
Photos courtesy GearWrench
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